Ask for a Challenge and it WILL be given!

11 years ago my journey, this journey began! I had a desire to learn about gratitude and what it could do for my life. I had this deep feeling that I needed to learn about gratitude. I didn’t know why, other than the obvious, but it seemed a pretty urgent desire. So I complied.

Ya know how they say “be careful what you wish for?”  Well once I started my research I began to have a wish to share what I was learning with others, but I had a further need to be able to gain the confidence of others by “walking my talk”.

I wanted those people, the ones that may be helped by what I had learned, to be able to look at me and know I practice what I preach; I felt this was very important. As a matter of fact, one reason I wouldn’t write my book or push my “agenda” too hard, was because I wanted to prove I was worthy of talking about it; let alone teaching it or sharing it with others!

So guess what happened? Well here is where the “be careful what you wish for” comes into play!  Over the last 4 years or so I have  been given challenges in life that have, at times, been more than I thought I could handle. I mean, I knew I would eventually get on with life, but in the moment these challenges were life altering, shattering! And they kept on coming! No rest for the weary!

So what happened as I faced these challenges? I became more confident in my message, I learned that practicing gratitude has given me tools that I went to as soon as the challenge reared its ugly head! It amazed me and it showed me I am worthy and I am ready!

Wow! Walk my talk indeed!

My book became a reality and eventually awarded a publishing contract!

And I am grateful! I was challenged…I AM challenged constantly!! And I stay grateful!

I can see clearly now why I had that urgency to learn about gratitude. I needed gratitude in my life for the challenges that were to come. I also needed gratitude in my life so that I can share it with others. God knows me best…and HE knew I needed to take the path exactly the way I have. I have my special nuances, my special unique way of learning, HE knew and I am grateful that I listened!

Be grateful!

A Peek, For YOU, Before I Share My Dream!

I want to share this with YOU.

I know The Gratitude Project is worthy of interest and support. I feel so strongly that I am beginning a fund-raising effort.  Below is the story I have wrote on DreamFund for my project.  I am hopeful others will find it worthy.  I have not formally shared it yet, I have the Dream Fund and a Go Fund Me account.  I have not shared either of them other than to mention it here and in my FB group.  I WILL be formally sending it out and sharing it soon.

Anyway I just thought I would share it here with you…now.   Please won’t you take a moment and read my story?



The Story

The Gratitude Project – Changing one heart at a time!

Mission statement-  To inspire others to live their best life through an environment of encouragement! Exploring and Sharing the subjects of Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Unconditional love!

My goal is to bring the Gratitude Project to the world! I believe this project has the power to change lives and I need your help to get the book published and the project off the ground!  If you believe that gratitude, love, and encouragement of others, are keys to creating lasting effect, please consider reading my story and donating!  Thank you.

I will give you some back story so you know where my heart is.

In Dec of 2008 I founded a charity by the name of Blessing In Giving, established to help financially assist single parent families. Over the 5 year period that the organization was running we helped many people and it even blossomed into an organization that began helping families who had lost loved ones (children) and did not have the funds to buy a headstone. I never knew this was such a huge issue. Anyway, we closed our doors in 2013 due to lack of funding, but I have never stopped wanting to help others. The philosophy that BIG was built on “help others to help yourself” is something that I continue to practice everyday. Being involved in that organization left me wanting more and it gave me a need to reach out and encourage others. I saw first hand how encouragement, love and a gratitude for what we already have, changes our lives and the lives of those around us.  And this is what led to The Gratitude Project!

If you are interested you can look at my writing – I have a blog  Our Souls Purpose (since 2010) that is devoted to gratitude, giving, forgiveness, love, kindness, etc….. this blog birthed another blog, A Gratitude Diva . 

I am in the process of integrating these two blogs together. I already have changed the name of OSP to The-Gratitudeproject 

The Gratitude Project is a book as well as a challenge group. (That is what this funding is for! To take this project to the next level)  I have created a 30 day Gratitude Challenge that is already taking place. The book will have a call to action where readers will be asked to join the Facebook group and take the challenge as explained in the book. I would also like to create a companion journal because part of the challenge includes writing in a journal.

The cost to get this book self published, do the website,etc…  everything involved to get the Project going is something I do not have.

The Gratitude Project is already proved to work and be of interest to others. There is a shift taking place, people are shifting to a place where they believe they have a choice in the matter of their own happiness and that their attitude affects those around them.  This is what The Gratitude Project is about, this is what it teaches.

Look I can go on and on about this subject! I am extremely passionate about gratitude and how it can change our lives! I have researched and studied this subject for 8 years;that is why I am writing a book on the subject! I want this book to make it out to the world! I see this project becoming something huge, a movement, that will have a ripple effect, a shift, create a change in our world.  Ultimately I do have a wish that this project  may lead to us being able to open Blessing in Giving’s doors once again, so that we may begin helping others in a financial way.

So there you have it! The Gratitude Project is more than just a book project! I want it to help many and I really feel it will, if given a chance.

How the money will be used-

$13,999 Balboa Press (a division of Hay House publishing) to self publish. Please use this link to see all that is included.

$5,000 for a professional website & maintenance to drive more people to the book and the challenge.

$5,000 for a data base driven App.

I am hopeful we will far exceed our goals and maybe we can continue fund-raising,or start a new fund,  for Blessing In Giving! But I will start with The Gratitude Project!

Thank you for reading! Bless you all!